Licht, Lovie “Love, Love, Love” Johnny FootballApril 11th, 2014
After reading the piece linked below last night, Joe almost had to take a cold shower and kept reminding himself that April is the Season of Smoke.
A Houston sports radio host, who just happens to be the son of the assistant offensive line coach on the staff of Bruce Arians with the Arizona Desert Rats, where Bucs general manager Jason Licht worked last year, claims “for a fact” to know the mindset of Lovie Smith and Licht (or both) when it comes to drafting a certain quarterback.
Lance Zierlein, son of longtime NFL coach Larry Zierlein, claims there is no doubt who L&L are drafting at No. 7 next month, provided said player is available; that player is none other than Johnny Football. Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski, of WHFS-FM 98.7, dug up the podcast of Lance Zierlein, who also is a noted draft expert and a contributor to Rotoworld.com.
“Lovie Smith and Jason Licht love Johnny Manziel…love love love,” Zierlein said during his weekly podcast. “Lovie was there at his pro day, and he was there for Mike Evans as well, but I know that Lovie Smith loves Johnny Manziel. I know this for a fact.”
Zierlein, along with the other hosts on the podcast all said that they were surprised by this news, but Zierlein said he trusts his source fully.
“I’ve been told that if Manziel makes it to seven, he won’t get past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Zierlein continued. “They think that highly of him.”
Is Zierlein’s source his father, the NFL assistant?
Joe cannot tell you how much he wants to believe Zierlein but this just wreaks of smoke. Why would L&L give this information to a guy whose son has a radio show in one of the biggest cities in America?
If it’s not a smokescreen, then it may just be a plant. Again, as much as Joe wants to believe this, it’s too obvious of a trap for him.
The evening of May 8 cannot get here quick enough.